Introduction: How to Make the StratoHavoc Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and simple, the StratoHavoc is an improved variant of the popular and docile Havoc paper airplane. The StratoHavoc's airframe design has been strengthened, enabling flights at higher speeds than its basis.
The StratoHavoc owes its development less to a determination that an aircraft like it was needed but more to the advances aircraft similar to the Havoc have been undergoing. In mid-January 2015, I began pursuing a project relating to the Nakamura Lock (collaborating with my friend Paper Artland). As I continued development of that project, I thought how I might be able to apply ideas and techniques learned from it on other Nakamura Lock-derived aircraft. Because the Havoc is one of my aircraft that features structural commonalities with the Nakamura Lock, I tried applying the new concepts to it. The prototype aircraft did not disappoint. The StratoHavoc was able to fly considerably faster than the Havoc due to its stronger wing spars but remained just as stable and almost as elementary as the original. The aircraft smoothly streaked through flight testing with excellent results and was approved for publication in a very short period.
TAA USAF Designation: A126-2
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Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Step 2: Length and Corner Folding
Fold your paper in half along its length. Then pull the corners into the center. After making creases, unfold and pull the edges of the paper into themselves. Then restore the original corner folds as shown.
Step 3: Nose Folding
Pull the nose of the aircraft down until the edges of the corner folds are the endpoints of the new crease. Measure 1 inch ahead of the tip of the nose tip. After doing this, pull the corners of the paper into the mark as shown, then unfold. After doing this, pull the edges of the folds into the creases the folds have made as shown. Restore the first creases of this step as shown, then pull the triangle forward and fold the airplane along the center crease to secure the paper.
Step 4: Wing and Winglet Folding; Taping
Measure 0.875 inches above the center crease along the trailing edges of the wings and make a mark. Once this is done, measure 0.875 inches from the wingtips along the trailing edges of the wings and make marks. After making these marks, fold the wings down at the first mark. Maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees by aligning the trailing edges of the wings with that of the fuselage. Once the wings are folded, move on to the winglets. Fold them down at the second marks you made; align their trailing edges with those of the wings to keep them parallel with the fuselage.
Apply tape to the nose at the leading edge of the fuselage, across the wing roots near the rear and along the trailing edge of the fuselage as directed. This will complete your StratoHavoc.
Step 5: Flight
The StratoHavoc is, like its basis, easy to fly.. At launch, give the airplane a moderately fast throw for optimal flight speed and range. Additional surfaces applicable include flaps, elevators, ailerons, elevons, rudders, air brakes and an electronic warfare tail. Enjoy!
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